I took my rottie in for his usual shots and nail clipping. He's 13 years old. Except for the arthritis in his hips that flares up during cold and rainy weather, he's doing fine. Sight is good, bowel & bladder habits great, dentition excellent, coat still shiny and healthy. The only way you can tell he's an old man is his chin and undercoat is totally gray and he has an antalgic gait when he first gets up.
I asked the vet how long Rotts usually live. His comment was "well usually only 8 years, I'm a little surprised your guy is still around". Gee, that was a super therapeutic remark. He went on to say that the bigger the dog, the shorter the lifespan, which I kinda knew that already. It just seems like the years have gone by so fast and that Apollo is supposed to be around until Emma goes to high school. The vet did say with Apollo's current state of health he wouldn't be surprised if he lasted until 16, which is not the norm.
My question, fellow dog appreciators, is what is the longest your loved one's have lived?
I'm not going to have a funeral or have him buried in the back yard, I do want him cremated and to keep the ashes.
Edited to say, this isn't his pic, just wanted to share one of another handsome Rott.